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gibbons025
11-28-2003, 05:34
Ok now we have a food forum so we can talk about are favorite resterants out there?? One of mine is the Outback SteakHouse,get me a huge Steak with a baked potato and a gallon of Sweet tea and i am sitting good^7

lethal tupperwa
11-28-2003, 08:22
I like Johnny Carinos.

ExxoticOne
11-28-2003, 08:28
For a completely euphoric gastronomic experience...Charlie Trotter's

http://www.charlietrotters.com/

Patricia
11-28-2003, 09:33
If you are ever in the Phoenix area, you must try http://www.blueadobegrille.com/. The Tucumcari Tenderloin is a taste of heaven. ;f

glockfan911
11-28-2003, 09:36
Hooters! Man, I love some hot wings and beer! ;V ;V ;V ;V ;?

Big Sexy Glock
11-28-2003, 10:27
Originally posted by glockfan911
Hooters! Man, I love some hot wings and beer!

You took the words right outta my mouth , just dont take my wings


woo hoo !!

;S

fnfalman
11-28-2003, 14:00
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fnfalman
11-28-2003, 14:05
Let's see...

Phoenix, AZ area:

1. Vincent's on Camelback Road. This guy puts some interesting southwestern twists into his French cooking. Service is great and low snobbery level. Double thumbs-up!!!

2. Pizzeria Bianco. This pizza joint is killer!!! All fresh ingredients cooked in a wood oven. The waitstaff are composed entirely of hot chicks!!! Yee-haw!

Los Angeles/Southern Kali area:

1. Valentino on Santa Monica Blvd. The best food, the best wine list, the best service, low snob appeal (rather surprising since that the Hollywood and Beverly Hils crowds are right there). No jacket required even though it's a fancy joint - gotta love it. I come here usually by myself or one of my good friends for some mean grubbin'!

2. L'Orangerie in Beverly Hills. Spectacular classic French gourmet cuisine. Impressive wine list. Jacket required. I'd usually take a decent date to this place for a romantic dinner.

3. Citronelle in Santa Barbara. Same as Valentino. I usually take a very nice date to this place for a romantic lunch and sometimes dinner, but mostly lunch. The drive is spectacular and lends the mood.

4. 71 Palm Restaurant in Ventura. This place is more affordable than the other three. The food isn't quite as exquisite, but still very decent on its own. Friendly staff and great non-pretentious French country cooking. The booze is not marked up too badly. A comfortable and cozy dining joint.

San Francisco Bay Area:

1. Lalime's in Berkeley. Excellent continental gourmet food. Excellent service. Friendly atmosphere. Definitely non-snobbish attitude. I wore my "Tommy FALFiger" T-shirt to that joint and the waitstaff didn't even bat an eye. The wine list is rather modest. Not enough Bordeaux and Burgundy for my liking. The menu changes monthly which is rather refreshing.

2. Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Supposedly the ne plus ultra of Bay Area gourmet cuisine. I personally find it only a little bit better than Lalime's.

gibbons025
11-28-2003, 23:54
Joes Crab Shack in Oklahoma City.

TEAK
11-29-2003, 01:38
if i could only pick one... hOOters ;)
what can i say, i was born and raised right down the road from the original ;c

23skidoo
11-30-2003, 18:16
Kansas City, MO....The Majestic. It's on the National Register of Historic Places and is a former speakeasy. The food is simply superb. Prime cut of juicy red steak cooked over a grill the way God intended it.

Orlando, FL....... Emiril's. No, it isn't hype. The man can cook. Doesn't have the atmosphere of The Majestic but then the service at The Majestic won't leave you speechless either.

Day in day out anywhere.. TGIFridays.

blue-tonic
12-01-2003, 08:05
Everyday...Chilies and China Town

Special days...Texas de Brazil

knuckle dragger
12-01-2003, 08:29
Claim Jumper : Reno Nevada

Ghosty
12-01-2003, 08:37
Tumbleweed.

Man, I just love their sirloin! Give me some of their chips and cheese dip!

...oh, and a Foster's to compliment the steak.

;f

JeepDriver
12-01-2003, 15:11
Baltimore, MD: Red Brick Station, Phillips Sea Food, Cheese Cake Factory, and Ruth Chris Steak House

Cape May, NJ: Lobster House, 2 Mile Landing

CaptDoug04
12-01-2003, 18:13
BW3's
Texas Roadhouse
Hooters
Joe's Crab Shack
quite a few Chinese resturants around here ;f
And The Greek Isles eatery in Indianapolis...time to drool ^7

MarkCO
12-01-2003, 19:14
Hacienda Colorado has to be one of my absolute favorites for dinner, and El Amigo in Golden is pretty good too. For lunch, Brother's BBQ is my favorite. They are only in Colorado and have all won awards. As far as a national chain, I go to some, but I can't really say any are my favorites. I've eatan at some of the 5 star, take out a loan to eat at restaurants in Vail, Aspen, etc. but the consistently best meals I have had have been at the Redstone Inn in Redstone, CO. Great food at a very decent price. Outback is pretty good, but the waits can be over an hour. I do like Johnny Carinos too which is fairly new to the Denver area. Qdoba makes pretty decent fast food burritos and I'll settle for Chipotle. I tend to drift towards BBQ and Mexican since my wife is an excellent cook, but does not make Mexican or BBQ much.

cnemikeman
12-01-2003, 19:26
Fav restaurant: Saltgrass. Pretty much EVERYTHING there is fabulous. Highly recommend it!


MiKeMaN

J Sand
12-01-2003, 22:11
Ryan's Steakhouse... quite possibly the best buffet I have ever had.

VinniefromNY
12-02-2003, 12:19
Two jump to mind:


1)Baton Rouge- Montreal, Quebec-right near where they hold the Jazz Festival...

Keeping in mind I've never been to N'awlins, I had the best BBQ ribs ever here. Yum! Also, the booze and beer is fairly cheap, and you can get Sleiman's (sp?) which is a delicious ale apparently only available in Canada.

2)Portofino's- Staatsburg, NY- A few miles from Hyde Park, NY, for frame of reference...

Best damned Italian food I've ever had. Bar None!!! Seafood, Meat, Pasta, Wine, all delicious!!!

philkryder
12-02-2003, 18:22
Tough picking a fav...

http://www.sanysidroranch.com/
http://www.sanysidroranch.com/dining.html

http://www.elencantohotel.com/
http://www.elencantohotel.com/dining.htm

http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara/dining/dining.html

http://www.hitchingpost2.com/restaurantmain.html

ExxoticOne
12-02-2003, 18:28
Originally posted by JeepDriver
Cape May, NJ: Lobster House, 2 Mile Landing

I used to spend my summers in Wildwood...and I ate lunch and dinner there all the time...the lump crab meat appetizer is one of my favorites!

12-02-2003, 19:10
www.bdsmongolianbarbecue.com

http://www.bdsmongolianbarbeque.com/pic_wrigley_mongo.jpg

VinniefromNY
12-03-2003, 07:54
Originally posted by ExxoticOne
I used to spend my summers in Wildwood...and I ate lunch and dinner there all the time...the lump crab meat appetizer is one of my favorites!

OOH, OOOHHH!!!


I used to live in Cape May!!! I've been to those restaurants!!! I haven't been to Wildwood since the late 80's but I remember the funnel cakes and gigantic baskets of curly fries...oh so good^c ^c ^c ^c ^c ^c

MURRAY
12-04-2003, 13:30
I second the Salt Grass steak house in texas

Nigel_C
12-05-2003, 07:57
Salt Rock Grill, North Redington Bch, FL

Emeril's NOLA in .. well NOLA

Ruths' Chris in Jacksonville

Melhana Plantation in GA



many more ....too many to list.

BOZWELL
12-06-2003, 06:31
Big Ed's continues 33-year tradition as area landmark. (http://www.oakridger.com/stories/022703/pro_0226030049.html)

While in East Tennessee it would be worth your while to make a trip to Oak Ridge and head up to Big Ed's.
The BEST to say the least!!!!

;b

The Pontificator
12-06-2003, 08:35
So many travels...so many restaurants.

Don't know if all of these are still in business but here goes:

Schmidt's Sausage Haus (Columbus, OH)
Max & Erma's (the original, Reynoldsburg, OH)
Kahiki (Columbus, OH-closed)
The Golden Lamb (Lebanon, OH)
Pita House (Greenville, SC)
Frank's Roman Pizza (Asheville, NC)
JK's Greek Cafe (La Mesa, CA)
Old Ocean Beach Cafe (Ocean Beach, CA-yes, I drank the beer list)
Boll Weevil (San Diego, CA)

python1340
12-06-2003, 08:41
Mine is Outback Steakhouse. Sure, I love Ruth's Chris too, but Outback is way more realistic.

Oh, and I like many Japanese restaurants. Here in the Jacksonville area, I like Shogun the best.

Colonel Klink
12-06-2003, 11:55
Best restaurant in the world, IMO, is the Shintaro in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Will be there February 15th after the Shot Show. If you go ask for Mark, the manager, and tell him Colonel Klink sent you. You won't regret it.

JeepDriver
12-06-2003, 17:43
Originally posted by ExxoticOne
I used to spend my summers in Wildwood...and I ate lunch and dinner there all the time...the lump crab meat appetizer is one of my favorites!

I'll be having dinner there next Friday night. Wife and I are driving up for dinner, doing the B&B thing for a couple nights and comming home.

I'll only be able to eat at Lobster House though. 2 Mile is close for the season:( Guess I'll have to eat at the "Boat House" on Saturday ;)

Phil306
12-06-2003, 18:05
I'll have to agree with some others here:

Hooters
Outback Steakhouse

philkryder
12-06-2003, 18:33
Originally posted by The Pontificator
So many travels...so many restaurants.

Don't know if all of these are still in business but here goes:

Schmidt's Sausage Haus (Columbus, OH)
...


Bahamma Mamma's! yum!

groverglock
12-06-2003, 21:20
When in the Reno, NV area, take your time, take your favorite person and spend an evening being pampered with great food, beverages, desserts and great service.

Rapscallion Seafood House
1555 S Wells St
Reno, NV 89502
775 323-1211

JMag
12-06-2003, 22:53
In New Orleans, I still prefer Commander's Palace. In Atlanta, steak is done nicely at McKendrick's. In Memphis, the Rendezvous or Corky's is a must visit. I like Shula's in south Florida (several locales). The Ruth's Chris in Mobile is the best Ruth's I have ever eaten at. Their West Indies salad and seared tuna are to die for. In D.C., for BBQ I like Red, Hot, and Blue. There is one in Ridgeland (Jackson) MS, too (or at least used to be).I have a real thing for Thai and I love sushi. Several places around town attract me for lunch and dinner in any given week.

Other chains that I like include Carraba's (Outback owned), Outback, Olive Garden, P.F. Chang's, and Longhorn.

DWavs
12-06-2003, 23:37
Buffalo Wild Wings

Cali-Glock
12-09-2003, 14:57
Originally posted by philkryder
Tough picking a fav...

http://www.sanysidroranch.com/
http://www.sanysidroranch.com/dining.html

http://www.elencantohotel.com/
http://www.elencantohotel.com/dining.htm

http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara/dining/dining.html

http://www.hitchingpost2.com/restaurantmain.html

Having done work at three of these facilities kitchens (and other areas of these facilities) as subcontractor, and having been employed by one of them directly, I can concur with your choices of these as being great restaurants, though none are favorites for me. Had a great dinner at Piatti (http://www.piatti.com/montecito.html) on San Ysidro in Montecito a couple of weeks ago which was equal to any meal I have had at El Encanto, San Ysidro Ranch, or The Biltmore. (I was surprised to learn when I looked up Piatti on the web that they are a chain! I'll have to check them out up here in Nor Cal.) I spent two or three weeks working on a project at the Biltmore once, ate there every day!

My favorite Santa Barbara Resturant is La Supa Rica on upper Milpas street. This shack (literally) has the BEST mexican food in the world. It is also Julia Child's favorite Mexican Resturant.

When in San Fransisco my choice is: The Stinking Rose (http://www.thestinkingrose.com/)

When in Sacramento it is Biba's (http://www.biba-restaurant.com/) - It is not on the menu, but you can ask for (and get)Gorgonzola Gnochi... IT IS HEAVEN!!! Either get it as an appetizer for all (everyone is afraid of it when I take them there, but everyone ends up loving it) or order it as a main dish. If I am picking up the tab, I simply order it for everyone as the appetizer, if I am not picking up the tab, I have to try to talk everyone into ordering it!

Cali-Glock
12-09-2003, 15:07
Originally posted by fnfalman
Let's see...

3. Citronelle in Santa Barbara. Same as Valentino. I usually take a very nice date to this place for a romantic lunch and sometimes dinner, but mostly lunch. The drive is spectacular and lends the mood.


Wow - I have attended or hosted probably a dozen or more meetings at the Santa Barbara Inn, but I don't think I have ever eaten at the Citronelle. Perhaps I'll have to give it a try.

You can get some great weekday B&B deals in Santa Barbara. I was shocked at how cheap it can be! (Compared to typical/regular SB lodging.) I'll never stay in a hotel in SB again. (At least not weekdays!)

cmzneb
12-10-2003, 09:40
Lansky's Pizza, Pasta and Cheesesteak Sandwiches - Omaha Nebraska

In my opinion, simple foods and unpretentious service is what makes a restaurant the best.

VinniefromNY
12-10-2003, 17:24
To update my list for the West Coast:

Samoa Cookhouse- Eureka, CA

They serve only one thing for breakfast, one for lunch, one for dinner, but you are able to eat as much as you can stuff your face with. Good home cooking stuff: turkey, fried chicken, baked ham, pot roast & mashed potatoes, pancakes, eggs and sausage for breakfast..very good^c ^c ^c

The Hole in The Wall- Umapine, OR

Little nondescript bar about 12 miles from the Middle of Nowhere in northeastern Oregon. They only have Coors and Bud, but the burger platters are huge and the prices are so damn cheap. Me and my dad went there, had 4 beers a piece plus the burger platter (HUGE burgers), and the bill was 15 bucks. ;P ;P ;P ;P

NOW THAT'S CHEAP!!!;f

gibbons025
12-11-2003, 01:56
Has anyone ever ate at the "Big Texan" in Amarillo?
It has a challenge called the "Big Texan Challenge"
where you eat a 72oz steak and other stuff in under 1 hour
you get it free, any here try this?

pizzaaguy
12-11-2003, 06:56
"The Mango Tree"

118 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL. 407-799-0513

DO go and DO make reservations. ;)

nickg
12-15-2003, 07:57
Originally posted by 23skidoo

Orlando, FL....... Emiril's. No, it isn't hype. The man can cook.


we ate at Emeril's in Orlando when we were on vacation a few years back. TOTALLY PHENOMENAL experience. the food was NOTHING short of TREMENDOUS and the service was beyond excellent.

other favorite restaurants in NO particular order:
Dar Maghreb (Moroccan cuisine) -- Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Matali (Indian) -- New York City

Akash (Indian) -- Cincinnati (the closest to the Matali i ever had!)

Alexander's Steakhouse (unfortunateley now closed) -- Columbia MO. the best steakhouse i ever ate at.

and i can't remember the name of the place for sure, but i think it was called the Four Seasons. it used to be in Sarasota FL.

JeepDriver
12-15-2003, 18:18
Favorite Breakfast Place

Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Cape May! wife and I had Breakfast there this twice (Sat. and Sun.) They had the best pancakes as well as one hell of a view (right on the ocean)

JPB
12-16-2003, 20:35
Originally posted by MarkCO
Hacienda Colorado has to be one of my absolute favorites for dinner, and El Amigo in Golden is pretty good too. For lunch, Brother's BBQ is my favorite. They are only in Colorado and have all won awards. As far as a national chain, I go to some, but I can't really say any are my favorites. I've eatan at some of the 5 star, take out a loan to eat at restaurants in Vail, Aspen, etc. but the consistently best meals I have had have been at the Redstone Inn in Redstone, CO. Great food at a very decent price. Outback is pretty good, but the waits can be over an hour. I do like Johnny Carinos too which is fairly new to the Denver area. Qdoba makes pretty decent fast food burritos and I'll settle for Chipotle. I tend to drift towards BBQ and Mexican since my wife is an excellent cook, but does not make Mexican or BBQ much.


For mexican food in the denver area, you need to go to the Brewery Bar II on 150 Kalamath in denver. Chile rellonos smothered green are the best ever meal. You will suffer the next day probably. Even if you like mexican food. but it's the best. The record for bowls of green is either 11 or 13. Eat one with a spoon and no tortillas or anything and tell me how you think knocking back a dozen would be.;P

The other one in Denver you need to try is Benny's at 7th and Grant. Very good. Fun atmosphere. A lot of people like Blue Bonnet, but I prefer both BBII and Bennys.


For Italian you need to go to Carmine's on Penn. Then Gaetano's on the north side. Then Patsy's on the north side. Then Saucy Noodle.

May you never eat at an outback or carino's until you have eaten at these places. (If you haven't eaten at them) They are all in Denver, so if you eat in the suburbs you may be screwed. But get to denver to eat sometimes.

Good you go to Brothers BBQ. I have not eaten there, as when I moved away they were either just getting going or hadn't opened. I know the father of the guys who own it, but not the sons. Father a good guy.

Oh, for reasonable French food in Denver try LeCentral if it is still open. Good value.

JPB
12-16-2003, 20:37
Originally posted by Nigel_C
Emeril's NOLA in .. well NOLA



many more ....too many to list.

Yep, Emeril's flagship is excellent. Amazingly good when I was there.

And so many more as you say.

StinkyMonkey
12-17-2003, 18:36
Chuy's in Austin Tx, best tex mex in the world!!

SomeGuyInAHat
12-22-2003, 22:58
Phoenix area, in no particular order:

Rock Fish Seafood - Excellent, reasonably priced, unique seafood dishes
Rock Bottom Brewery - great food, fresh beer, great service
The Keg Steakhouse - I've only been once, but it was outstanding
Harold's Cave Creek Corral - Try the Cajun Prime Rib. If it's not on the menu, get the Italian calzone
40th St Cafe - Best breakfast in town - the Polish Sausage Skillet is awesome
Voodoo Daddy's Magic Kitchen - Can't go wrong on the menu. Happy hour specials are good food cheap
Tom & Tiny's Diner - great mom & pop breakfast & lunch diner in the heart of Sunnyslope
Wang's China Express
Honey Bear BBQ
Ajo Al's - you can't skip the fried ice cream
Seamus McCaffery's and The Dubliner - Irish food, Irish beer, Irish people

chip00
12-23-2003, 20:11
In Saint Louis, MO: Any family owned Italian Restaurant "on the Hill."

ghostwn
12-23-2003, 22:04
Cracker Barrel^7 ^c ;f

gibbons025
01-15-2004, 05:22
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nickg
01-15-2004, 12:08
Originally posted by glockfan911
Hooters! Man, I love some hot wings and beer!

Hooters serves food and beer??? ;P ;P ;f

Saturn
01-15-2004, 18:17
Houston's